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Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

Lexi Angelo is a Convention Kid - she's got a clipboard and a walkie talkie to prove it. Aidan Green is a messy-haired, annoyingly arrogant author and he's disrupting her perfect planning. In a flurry of awkward encounters, lost schedules and late-night conversations, Lexi discovers that some things can't be planned... Things like falling in love.

This book is super cute. I enjoyed it completely and my inner teen is completely in love with Aidan.
Unconventional appeals to that geeky side of me. I've never been to a convention but I very much appreciate fandom and those people who would willing spend a huge amount of time and huge going to such events to sit around and geek out together over their favourite shows and actors because I've done it far too many times at book events over authors with my blogger friends .... I am the girl who semi stalked Cassie Clare around Waterstones Piccadilly and managed to get her huge pile of books signed in an almost private event (thanks Nicole for the heads up and Sarah for coming with me)

The story follows Lexi, a convention kid. She's 17 and helps her dad run conventions. I loved that whilst she loved what she did she was really confused about her longer term life plans and felt that pressure to move onto university despite now really feeling like it was for her because it is the done thing when actually for many people is probably isn't actually the right move for them. It made her feel real.

For me the book was really about the relationship between Lexi and Aidan a young author she meets at a convention. I loved seeing their relationship develop and also seeing the role social media had on putting doubt into Lexi's mind when she was away from Aidan.

As a little side note I loved the cameos some of my favouite UKYA authors had in this book. I was far too excited about this but as I've mentioned before authors are my film stars.

Such a cute read and characters I don't ever want to let go of.


Liz. R said…
I really enjoyed this book, it was so cute! I liked getting to see the behind-the-scenes aspects of conventions - I've only ever been to one, but I appreciate fandom as well and I loved seeing all the work and effort that went into putting all of the conventions together.